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Educating for Human Greatness: John Holt

The purpose of this book is to introduce a different, progressive paradigm of public and private education called, Educating for Human Greatness. It serves as an "owner's manual" with principles, ideas and a framework for developing a higher level of teaching, thinking and learning in each community. It is a guide for parents and teachers to use in drawing forth the unique GREATNESS that lies within themselves and each amazing child-- The unique and breakthrough concept of PHD - Positive Human Diversity, The Six Pivotal Principles and The Seven Dimensions of Greatness
Worksheets and Guidelines Inside.

Career and Technical Information

Workplace Learning Guide 2010
Legislation and Rules Support
Standards for Career and Technical Education
Career Planning
I Have A Plan Iowa
8th grade Plan guidance
8th Grade Plan Report for 2009
Curriculum and Information Resources for Career Education
Regional Technical Program: Student-Based Materials
Skills Passport: Skills and Work Habits for the Workplace
Jobs for the Future
Community Colleges in Iowa
Community College Credit Programs
Workplace Learning Guide

Closing Alternative Schools

Closing Alternative Schools

College Planning

Iowa College Access Network

ICAN exists to improve access to and success in postsecondary
education for disadvantaged, minority and first-generation students.
ICAN does this by: supporting a network of state and local college
access programs that provide counseling, advice and financial
assistance; sharing best practices among the network; providing
leadership and technical assistance; and helping establish new college access programs.

The services provided by ICAN are free and available regardless of
whether or not the student borrows through an Iowa Student Loan
participating lender.

Community Education

Community education supports after-school programs, asset building,character education, intergenerational programs, parent involvement, recreation programs, service learning, child care programs, and other youth development. The following web site serves as an information resource for the programs mentioned.
Iowa Community Education Association

Education Administration

School Administrators of Iowa
Professional Development for Iowa School Leaders
Nine key Iowa providers of professional development for Iowa school leaders post professional development opportunities on this Web site. Partners such as the IAAE submit professional development opportunities via this Web form.

Gay Resources

Gay-Straight Alliance Resources

Health Links

Health Information Teen Line
The following links provide information on health issues for adolescents that continue to emerge in alternative learning centers.
Adolescent Health-Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
(contains alcohol/drugs, injuries, sexual behaviors, tobacco, skin
cancer and on and on...)
Healthy Schools Healthy Youth
US Department of Health and Human Services Adolescents/Teens/Youth (contains sites designed for youth)
Iowa Department of Public Health - Health Information
School Aged/Adolescent Health
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

Legal References

Alt Ed Legal References
Decision Matrix

Online Learning

Khan Academy
A free world-class education for anyone anywhere.
The Khan Academy is an organization on a mission. We're a not-for-profit with the goal of changing education for the better by providing a free world-class education to anyone anywhere.
All of the site's resources are available to anyone. It doesn't matter if you are a student, teacher, home-schooler, principal, adult returning to the classroom after 20 years, or a friendly alien just trying to get a leg up in earthly biology. The Khan Academy's materials and resources are available to you completely free of charge.

Model Policy
Model Practices

Education 2020-Now Edgenuity
Edgenuity's credit-recovery courses allow students to stay on track for on-time graduation. Self-paced learning and pretesting with prescription allow students to spend more time on what they need and less time on content they have already mastered. Since every course is able to be customized to match district specifications, educators can be confident that students have built a strong foundation for the next grade or course.

North American Council for Online Learning

Ottawa Carleton Accredited e-High School
As a high school accredited by the Ministry of Education in Ontario, Ottawa Carleton e-School's high school credits are accepted by Universities and Colleges and are added directly to transcripts.The school has unique e-Coop program which brings students together with companies to work to achieve success and earn credits. Courses run year-round and unlike traditional high schools, offer continuous enrolment. If you enroll for a course today, you will start next Wednesday. Courses are available outside of Ontario.

Iowa Learning Online

Kirkwood Online High School Classes
How do I get started?
Current Online Courses Sept. 2008
Fax Friendly Learning Registration

Pearson Digital Learning: NovaNET
Designed for grades 6-12, NovaNET is a comprehensive, online courseware system that meets countless needs. From delivering thousands of hours of research and standards-based, interactive curriculum, to integrated assessment and student management, NovaNET is an all-inclusive system that delivers a return on investment quickly. Has been used extensively by Scavo Alternative High School in Des Moines.

Skills Tutor
Products delivered via the internet include:
SkillsTutor for Grades K - Adult: Over 1600 lessons and activities focus on the core skills commonly found on state and national standardized tests. Quizzes and tests quickly identify skill deficiencies and appropriate lessons are prescribed.
Employability Skills for Grades 8 - Adult: Over 100 lessons provide instruction in workforce transition skills and cover objectives for pre-employment and work maturity competencies.


Secondary solutions for all students

Because high school students possess unique needs and experiences, Compass Learning offers programs to ensure that Odyssey helps students where they are now, and then challenges them to grow.

Odyssey Advanced/AP, powered by Thinkwell, is fully loaded with the options and flexibility each student needs. Research-based and aligned to state standards, Odyssey High School Advanced/AP fuses creativity with technology.

A new high school!

Odyssey High School:

* is aligned to state standards in all 50 states

* reflects the very latest confirmed research about how students think and learn

* has powerful summative and formative assessment tools that measure progress

* allows teachers and administrators to effectively differentiate learning and improve classroom management

* enables students to develop critical thinking skills while getting a head start on college-level work

* promotes exploration, problem solving, reflection, and real-world connections — all while engaging students' imaginations.

PLATO Learning

Online Courses for credit recovery and first-time course credit
customizable to meet local standards. Teachers can add, remove, or re-sequence course content to meet student needs and local
requirements. Teacher support materials and training are available to assist with personalizing instruction and providing options for students.

APEX learning
Apex Learning is the leading provider of blended and virtual learning solutions to the nation's schools. The company's standards-based digital curriculum — in math, science, English, social studies, world languages, Advanced Placement and electives — provides an active learner experience that engages all students in rigorous coursework to prepare them for college and work.

Personalized Learning

Personalized Learning

EdVisions Schools have made their Design Essentials videos available to all. These are profoundly helpful in seeing how a variety of educational practices are conducted in project-based learning and non-course based schools or others moving toward student-centered learning. Here are examples from the category Self-Directed, Project-Based Learning:

Self-directed, project-based learning primary focus; driven by constructivist pedagogy (Adults explain; Students explain)
Personalized Learning Plan (PLP) for all students emphasizing student needs and interests (view video)
Personalized work space for each student; Internet access (view video)
Technology infused environment; technology as a tool
Individual/group projects complemented by multiple teaching approaches based on student needs and interests (view video)
Achievement demonstrated publicly; highest work place standards are quality goal (view video)
All students prepared for post-secondary education, workplace and active citizenship (view video)
All students and staff engage in quiet reading every day (view video)

Private Funding

The Allstate Foundation supports national and local programs in three focus areas. Safe and Vital Communities; Economic Empowerment; and Tolerance, Inclusion, and Diversity programs. Maximum award: varies.
Eligibility: 501(c)(3) organizations.
Deadline: rolling.

The American Library Association's Marshall Cavendish Excellence in
Library Programming Award recognizes a library whose programs have
community impact and respond to community needs. Maximum award:
$2,000. Eligibility: school or public libraries.
Deadline: Dec. 1, 2008.

School Supplies Resource

Curriculum Software/School Supplies

State and Federal Funding

Title II: Teacher and Administrator Training
Title IV: Grants for Community Learning Centers
Title III: Grants for English Language Learners
Title I: Grants to improve student achievement
Title VI: Grants to Support Local District Needs
Title X: Grants for Support Services for the Homeless
Modified Allowable Growth-Iowa

Youth Today

Youth Today is the only independent, nationally distributed newspaper that is read by thousands of professionals in the youth service field.

Some of the issues covered include:

* Youth development
* Juvenile justice
* Gang and violence prevention
* Adolescent health
* Teen pregnancy, sex, and parenting
* After-school programs and mentoring
* Job training and school-to-work
* Best practices

The newspaper is full of resources including:

* An extensive calendar of workshops and conferences related to professional development, youth issues and working with youth;
* Contact information for foundations interested youth development issues and listings of recent grant awards to youth-serving organizations;
* Book and video reviews for use with staff and kids;
* Analysis of groundbreaking research in the youth services field; and
* Coverage of federal and state legislative issues concerning youth.